Farm Photo Friday: March 28, 2014


Every Friday we share some snaps from our 333-acres in Kutztown, PA. Our photographers? The staff members who keep this farm chugging along. Enjoy a sneak peek at what’s going on here at Rodale Institute!

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager:   “Houdini, I have something I need to tell you.”

Houdini, Rodale Institute Boar Hog:   “Go ahead.  You have my ear.”

Sam Moll, Greenhouse Manager and Food Productions Specialist, is very, very busy getting ready for the upcoming plant sales.  Check our calendar to stay informed!

You can see from the past few Farm Photo Friday posts, the greenhouse is really filling up quickly!

Meanwhile, next door in the newly completed hoop house, many vegetables anxiously await their chance to be transplanted.  Sam is on his way!

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist, is thrilled to be giving a workshop on Backyard Composting next Saturday, April 5th.  We thought we’d give a quick preview here!

First, we have some beautifully finished backyard compost, the end product.

One of the tricks to composting is what many people call ‘Lasagna stacking.’  It goes like this: brown, green, brown, green… and so on.  Here we have Rick starting his Lasagna with some browns (dried straw in this case).

At the bottom, you start off sort of like a bird’s nest.

Next, we stack some greens, in this case, some straw from last year that went unused and eventually got a bit dank.  But no worry, it won’t be wasted!

Of course, everyone’s favorite; food scraps!  Another secret tip for you…  Never let the food scraps show, always cover them!  Otherwise, you risk attracting pests.

Let’s shamelessly plug this once more – you can come to the Institute here in Kutztown next Saturday to “Learn from the Master Composter: Backyard Composting!”

Of course we have a very busy calendar this year. Tomorrow we have “Basic Soil Biology for Gardeners.”  Here we have Rae Moore, one of the research technicians on our Strategic Support Team, readying the microscope’s for tomorrow’s class!

A Farm Photo Friday without pics of piglets?  It just can’t happen.  It would go against the rules of the universe.  These little ones were playing out in the rain, jumping over each other with joy.

Don’t forget… Show your organic love!

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